Folliculitis is a skin condition that results in the inflammation of hair follicles. The symptoms include clusters of white or red bumps around the hair follicle, itchy or burning skin, and the skin becomes tender. This condition is most commonly caused due to infection with the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus.

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I noticed two bumps around my pubic hairs close to each other after I shaved my pubic hairs. What is the cause of it?

Query: Hello doctor, I noticed two bumps around my pubic hairs close to each other after I shaved my pubic hairs. What is it and what is the cause of it? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. I went through the image (the attachment was removed to protect the patient's identity). It seems to be folliculitis which is a bacterial skin and soft tissue infection. However, I request you to kindly upload a ...  Read Full »

Does acne growth under my chin and above my neck related to HIV?

Query: Hi doctor,Recently, I have had some acne under my chin and the upper part of my neck. What does this symptom show? I wonder can it has any relation with stopping masturbation which I have done in about three weeks. Also, I had unprotected sex with someone 10 days ago and I am scared of the HIV sign.  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The erythematous papular eruptions you have on your facial area seem to be acne or folliculitis (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This is a superficial skin infection, commonly bacterial, and is extremely common irrespective of HIV status. It has no asso...  Read Full »

Why do I feel a hard painless bump right below the left nipple?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 33-year-old obese male. About 1 and a half years ago, I had a painful folliculitis, right below the left nipple which was cured after taking some antibiotics. It had caused a tiny bump below the left nipple, which when touched hurt. Anyways, after taking antibiotics it got healed....  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The description you have mentioned is quite classical for anetoderma. This condition arises whenever the skin's elastic and collagen fibers are damaged because of an infective or inflammatory condition. Due to the painful folliculitis, a few of these fibers in the affec...  Read Full »

How can I differentiate between scabies, flea bites, bed bug, and folliculitis in my practice?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a general practitioner. I struggle to differentiate these conditions: scabies, flea bite, bed bug and folliculitis. I would really appreciate your clinical knowledge and goodwill in enlightening me about this, so I can provide¬†better care for our patients.  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen your query. Scabies is caused by mites. In this, the patient presents with nocturnal itching with burrows over the web space of hands. In flea bite or bed bug bite, you may find itchy erythematous papules that may be localized or generalized depending u...  Read Full »

Please suggest solution for painful pus-filled pimples on scalp with dandruff.

Query: Hello doctor, I am having a lot of pimples on the scalp. Pimples are with white pus. There is a lot of pain and a lot of dandruff along with this. What should I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Suvina Attavar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You seem to be having scalp folliculitis which is an infection of your glands on the scalp. It can sometimes be related to dandruff in which case scalp pustular psoriasis has to be ruled out. You need to reduce your sugar and milk or milk product intake. Reduce eggs and r...  Read Full »

I have a red and painful swelling in the pubic area, which has grown in size in the last few days. Can it be due to an ingrown hair?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a red and hard swelling in the pubic area around the waistline. The swelling is painful and tender when touched, although I cannot see any pus in it. I think it can be due to an ingrown hair, I plucked the hair in the region, although this did not result in any reduction in the ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have reviewed the information and image provided (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). The swelling appears to be an abscess from the pictures shared. Swelling at the end of the hair follicle in the pubic area suggests folliculitis, an infection o...  Read Full »

What is the cause for getting swollen and tender lower lips every two months?

Query: Hi doctor,I would like to give an insight into my problem, with started ending of last year. I noticed that I have some dry skin on my lower lip and a very small scab just underneath it. I ignored the same and thought it is due to winter. Five months back, I had a tender lower lip, which eventually ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your clinical image (attachment removed to protect patient identity) is more for folliculitis over the chin area with cheilitis over the lips. From your image, the lesions do not appear herpetic at present. The investigations also support the same. Also, the repeated ...  Read Full »

Is pulling nose hair dangerous?

Query: Hello doctor, Today, I plucked a nose hair. I work in a hospital setting, so I guess; I am around with a lot of germs. I read that plucking a nose hair can lead to a cut and some infection inside the nose. Then, this infection can reach the brain and cause loss of vision, headaches and fevers. Is th...  Read Full »

Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your concern is correct. Plucking nasal hair can injure or break the skin or nasal mucosa leading to the root infection that may spread to the brain. The triangular area in and around the nose forms the dangerous triangle or dangerous area of the face. Due to special...  Read Full »

I have a pimple on my upper left shoulder, which turns to red when pricked. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a pimple on my upper left shoulder area since yesterday. I pricked it a little, and now it is red. I never had pimple in this area before. I am under medication for high blood pressure, and I am taking Rybelsus for diabetes. The A1c level was 5.3 mg/dL in the last test. So it is...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for consulting us on I understand your concern. I went through the photographs attached (attchments removed to protect the patient's identity). It looks like a common bacterial infection of hair follicles known as folliculitis. It will heal with ...  Read Full »

I have a small painful bulge near my anal opening. What could it be?

Query: Hi doctor, I was taking a shower, and I noticed something near my anus. It is kind of painful only when pressing it. Do you know what this might be? Could it be cancer? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query, and sorry for the discomfort you are facing. I saw the pictures you have attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). In the picture, there is one single small bump that is erythematous, which means reddish in appearance....  Read Full »

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